Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon was back at practice Tuesday after spending the weekend in Phoenix having what he called a maintenance procedure done on his right knee.
Gordon played one-on-one after practice against Bobcats rookie James Southerland and expects to be fine for the Oct. 30 season-opener against the Rockets in Houston.
By game night? Yeah, definitely, Gordon said. It usually takes about a week for the swelling to go down. Ill do a little more each day without overdoing it.
Gordon indicated he had PRP therapy, in which blood is drawn from the patient, then injected into an injured area of the body. The PRP (platelet-rich plasma) promotes healing. Sometimes doctors add a lubricant to the PRP injection.
Gordon said this isnt the first time hes had this procedure
Like many athletes, or people with a little bit of wear-and-tear, its just something to make you feel a little better, said Gordon, entering his 10th NBA regular season. PRP is kind of new to take your own blood and put it back. And if you need a little lubricant, they do that, too, for a little cushion.
Its pretty basic: Get it done now, so it wouldnt affect me during the season. Mostly a precautionary thing. Ill be fine.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said Saturday he didnt expect Gordon to play in either of the remaining two exhibitions, Thursday at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers or Friday in New York against the Knicks.
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